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WIENS, Daniel

July 19, 1924 — October 10, 2018

Our loving father Daniel Wiens passed peacefully to be with his Lord and Saviour on October 10, 2018. He was born in Karlovka, Russia on July 19, 1924. At the age of 1 he and his family came to Canada and farmed in a Mennonite community in Southern Alberta.

He loved to tell stories of his boyhood days on the farm and the hardships of the Great Depression of the 30’s. Dan attended Menno Bible Institute near Didsbury in the late 40’s and there he received a Sunday School Teacher’s Diploma.

In 1949 Dan met his wife Helen and they married and moved to Kelowna to start a life together and raise their

family. Dan was a founding member of the Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church where he and Helen were active members for over 50 years. He loved to fly remote controlled model airplanes with the Ogopogo Flying Club in the 70’s.

Dan was known by many as “Dan the TV Man” as he ran a successful TV repair business in the 60’s and 70’s. His VW van with the banner “Dan’s TV Service” was a familiar sight. He was also part of the crew that set up a tower on Black Mountain in the late 50’s, bringing cable television to Kelowna for the first time.

He had a huge passion for music, especially the harmonica. As a young boy he was taught to play by his father, and it became a lifetime of playing with many music groups, the latest being the Golden Nuggets, visiting Seniors Homes throughout Kelowna for many years.

Dan loved his family and had a big heart for everyone he met. He was very social and loved to connect with people, share a joke and have some coffee.

Dan is survived by 5 children: Adena (Jake), Bette (Michael), Lory, Vivian (Kyle) and Richard; son-in-law Don; 6 grandchildren: Vickie (Scott) Bekker, Randall (Leanne) Schellenberg, Jason (Crystal) Schellenberg, Jennifer Humphries, Alexandra (Chris) Collins and Anika Friesen; and 10 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife Helen of 61 years, and his daughter Frieda.

The family would like to thank the staff at Village at Smith Creek – Paynter Unit, where Dan resided for almost 2 years. Also, a big thank you to Dr. Dean Griswold, whom Dan counted as a friend for all his years of excellent care.

A Celebration of Life will take place at Springfield Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Mennonite Central Committee Canada, www.mcccanada.ca.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

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The service for WIENS, Daniel is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Brenda Milledge says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss, and hope you take solace in all the happy memories of your dad.

  • Ruth Vogt Pysk says:

    My love and condolences to all the family. Hearing of your Dad’s passing brought up so many good memories of our growing up together. Their was always much laughter. He was all that you have written and I will remember him fondly. Blessings. Boozsh

  • Donna Wiens Pascuzzo says:

    Dear cousins, I am sorry for the loss of your precious Dad. I always admired Uncle Dan, he made me laugh with his fast talk and jokes. Our two families spent lots of time together especially when Vivian, myself and Jamie and Rick were young and I have wonderful memories of our travel trailer trips together In the 70’s. May you all hold your precious memories and each other close through this difficult time.

  • Monica Ewert says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dan was a special soul. I was lucky enough to go to the same church as Dan and got to experience his wonderful harmonica playing. Dan was also in the same group as my father at Hawthorne House and the two of them would sit together and chat, Dan even gave my dad a Harmonica. He was a wonderful person and will truly be missed. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  • Cristine says:

    I remember Dan at village of Smith creek I worked as a housekeeper last year for a short time I was housekeeping I in paytner I got to meet him I loved the entertainment that he played the piano and homonica
    I I send my condolences to the family and he will be missed and never forgotten

  • Marianne robinson says:

    I feel truly blessed to have known Dan.I have so many good memories of the only cousin who I never lost touch with .Growing up in Albertaour families visited often and even then Dan was the entertainer he was quite the artist , drawing with his left hand although he was right handed ,playing the harmonica telling us stories and jokes.over the years the hospitality he. And Helen showed my family has never been forgotten Four yrs ago we enjoyed Dans 90th birthday party and 3 yrs ago he entertained us for my husband Milton’s 90thThanks Dan for all the good memories

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